G is for Grass is a study throughout the Bible on the analogies we can learn from grass.
There are different types of grasses
- Pharoah had a dream about marsh grass. (Gen. 41)
- Mountain grasses (Prov. 27:25)
Animals eat grass
- The picture of an ox eating grass is how The king of Moab felt when he saw the Israelites were coming towards them. (Num. 22:3-5)
- Horses and mules rely on grass to survive. (1 Ki. 18:5)
- Wild donkeys and oxen bray when they find no grass, they search the mountains for grass. (Job 6:5, 39:8, Ps. 106:20)
- Some dinosaurs ate grass. (Job 40:15)
- Even the doe abandons her newborn fawn because there is no grass in the field. The wild donkeys stand on the bare hills panting like thirsty jackals. They strain their eyes looking for grass, but there is none to be found.” (Jer. 14:5,6)
- Cows eats grass and so did Nebuchadrezzar as a result of madness. (Dan. 4:25)
God’s Word is like rain.
- “Listen, O heavens, and I will speak! Hear, O earth, the words that I say! Let my teaching fall on you like rain; let my speech settle like dew. Let my words fall like rain on tender grass, like gentle showers on young plants. I will proclaim the name of the Lord; how glorious is our God! (Deut. 32:1-3)
God’s Word is like the gleaming of the sun on new grass after rain.
- “The Spirit of the Lord speaks through me; his words are upon my tongue. The God of Israel spoke. The Rock of Israel said to me: ‘The one who rules righteously, who rules in the fear of God, is like the light of morning at sunrise, like a morning without clouds, like the gleaming of the sun on new grass after rain.’ (2 Sam. 23:1-4)
Grass needs water, we are likened to grass and we need God’s Word. If we forget God we wither.
- “Can papyrus reeds grow tall without a marsh? Can marsh grass flourish without water? While they are still flowering, not ready to be cut, they begin to wither more quickly than grass. The same happens to all who forget God. The hopes of the godless evaporate.
- Who makes the rain fall on barren land, in a desert where no one lives? Who sends rain to satisfy the parched ground and make the tender grass spring up? (Job 38:26-28)
Grass is weak and so are those who are in fear and confused.
- “But have you not heard? I decided this long ago. Long ago I planned it, and now I am making it happen. I planned for you to crush fortified cities into heaps of rubble. That is why their people have so little power and are so frightened and confused. They are as weak as grass, as easily trampled as tender green shoots. They are like grass sprouting on a housetop, scorched before it can grow lush and tall. (2 Ki. 19:25,26)
- Anything coming against a dinosaur was as weak as grass in comparison to its strength. (Job 41:28.29)
- That is why their people have so little power and are so frightened and confused. They are as weak as grass, as easily trampled as tender green shoots. They are like grass sprouting on a housetop, scorched before it can grow lush and tall. (Isa. 37:27)
Grass is plentiful
- You will have many children; your descendants will be as plentiful as grass! (Job 5:24-26)
- May there be abundant grain throughout the land, flourishing even on the hilltops. May the fruit trees flourish like the trees of Lebanon, and may the people thrive like grass in a field. (Ps. 72:6)
Grass growing in the wilderness is a picture of God’s bounty, goodness and restoration.
- You crown the year with a bountiful harvest; even the hard pathways overflow with abundance. The grasslands of the wilderness become a lush pasture, and the hillsides blossom with joy. (Ps. 65:11,12)
- He covers the heavens with clouds, provides rain for the earth, and makes the grass grow in mountain pastures. (Ps. 147:8)
- Say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, and do not fear, for your God is coming to destroy your enemies. He is coming to save you.” And when he comes, he will open the eyes of the blind and unplug the ears of the deaf. The lame will leap like a deer, and those who cannot speak will sing for joy! Springs will gush forth in the wilderness, and streams will water the wasteland. The parched ground will become a pool, and springs of water will satisfy the thirsty land. Marsh grass and reeds and rushes will flourish where desert jackals once lived. (Isa. 35)
Well watered grass is a picture of growth
- For I will pour out water to quench your thirst and to irrigate your parched fields. And I will pour out my Spirit on your descendants, and my blessing on your children. They will thrive like watered grass, like willows on a riverbank. (Isaiah 44:3-4)
- When you see these things, your heart will rejoice. You will flourish like the grass! Everyone will see the Lord’s hand of blessing on his servants— and his anger against his enemies. (Isa. 66:14)
- The land is effected by the wickedness of land. How long must this land mourn? Even the grass in the fields has withered. The wild animals and birds have disappeared because of the evil in the land. For the people have said, “The Lord doesn’t see what’s ahead for us!” (Jer 12:4)
Grass is also a picture of a good kings rule.
- May the king’s rule be refreshing like spring rain on freshly cut grass, like the showers that water the earth. (Ps. 72:6)
- The king’s anger is like a lion’s roar, but his favor is like dew on the grass. (Prov. 9:12)
Grass reminds us of the frailty of life compared to God’s enduring Word.
- You sweep people away like dreams that disappear. They are like grass that springs up in the morning. In the morning it blooms and flourishes, but by evening it is dry and withered. (Ps. 90:5,6)
- My life passes as swiftly as the evening shadows. I am withering away like grass. (Ps. 102:11)
- Our days on earth are like grass; like wildflowers, we bloom and die. (Ps. 103:15)
- Heart withered as grass when we feel overwhelmed. (Ps. 102:4)
- A voice said, “Shout!” I asked, “What should I shout?” “Shout that people are like the grass. Their beauty fades as quickly as the flowers in a field. The grass withers and the flowers fade beneath the breath of the Lord. And so it is with people. The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever.” (Isa 40:6-8)
- “I, yes I, am the one who comforts you. So why are you afraid of mere humans, who wither like the grass and disappear? (Isa 51:5)
- For you have been born again, but not to a life that will quickly end. Your new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God. As the Scriptures say, “People are like grass; their beauty is like a flower in the field. The grass withers and the flower fades. But the word of the Lord remains forever.” (1 Pet. 1:23-25)
No grass is a sign of devastation.
- A sign of devastation is to have a land like a wilderness without even a grass growing. (Deut. 29:22-24)
- Even the waters of Nimrim are dried up! The grassy banks are scorched. The tender plants are gone; nothing green remains. (Isa 15:6)
The wicked are likened to grass
- Don’t worry about the wicked or envy those who do wrong. For like grass, they soon fade away. Like spring flowers, they soon wither. Trust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper. (Ps. 37:1-3)
- May all who hate Jerusalem be turned back in shameful defeat. May they be as useless as grass on a rooftop, turning yellow when only half grown, ignored by the harvester, despised by the binder. (Ps. 129:5-7)
- Therefore, just as fire licks up stubble and dry grass shrivels in the flame, so their roots will rot and their flowers wither. For they have rejected the law of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies; they have despised the word of the Holy One of Israel. (Isa. 5:24)
- You Assyrians produce nothing but dry grass and stubble. Your own breath will turn to fire and consume you. (Isa. 33:11)
The rich with also disappear like grass.
- The hot sun rises and the grass withers; the little flower droops and falls, and its beauty fades away. In the same way, the rich will fade away with all of their achievements. (Jam. 1:11)